So I read a lot of the reviews and decided to adapt the recipe per the other comments. I didn't have mushrooms so I just left them out. Sauted the carrots and onions then removed them from the pan. Browned the meat and added back in the veggies. Used basil instead of the thyme and added 1/2 cup red wine. When it was done cooking I topped it with Parmesan cheese. The husband had 2 helpings so that is always a good sign. Will make again but I might leave out or reduce the Worcestershire.
Very finely chopping onion, mushrooms and carrots in the food processor is not only fast—it makes the vegetables hard to detect for picky eaters. They also form the base for the sauce of this ground beef skillet supper. Make it a meal: Serve with a green salad.
156 Reviews for Hamburger Buddy
Not good at all. Too saturated, no taste.
This was disgusting. It had no flavor at all, and while making it, it became obvious to me that the person who wrote this recipe didn't know how to cook. Following the directions leads to severely overcooking the vegetables to the point where they nearly dissolve into the sauce, and the only hint of flavor is the Worchestershire sauce, although that mostly gets lost in the mud of the rest of this recipe. Why, why, why would anyone want to copy Hamburger Helper, which is the notoriously worst food in existence? (I made this because my mother found the recipe and insisted that I cook it for her. She apologized afterward because it was such a bad recipe.)
Why isn't there a terrible rating? Poor is too good for this mush.
I read the reviews and I thought that perhaps the people who gave this low reviews were following the recipe to closely or didn't have as much experience in cooking, and had difficulty improvising. Well, I am very experienced, and I was amazed at just how bland and flavorless this was - I'm not even sure where in the recipe things went awry, but I ended up adding a tablespoon of tomato paste and taco seasoning, then sprinkled some crushed tortilla chips and shredded cheese on top and put it under the broiler for a minute or two. It became edible, and the family liked it OK, but it wasn't really healthy at that point. So disappointed...
I think that part of the problem with reviews on this recipe COULD be that people (like me) was looking to this as a substitute for the way unhealthy but tasty Cheeseburger Macaroni Hamburger Helper. This recipe is not that and if someone takes a bite into it expecting that, they will be disappointed.
Having said that - this recipe is a nice change of pace and a good way to have comfort food with some veggies mixed in (coming from someone who is not a veggie fan). I had some big garlic cloves and it definitely had a garlic taste to it and was honestly a bit bland otherwise. I salted and peppered it and put a little bit of shredded cheddar in it and thought it tasted good.
I probably won't make it much because it did seem a bit labor intensive for a weeknight meal. I'll be interested in seeing what my husband has to say about it.